Has anyone ever told you that they developed a “slipped disc”? This term is actually a misnomer, since discs do not necessarily “slip,” but rather degenerate, bulge, or herniate. Luckily, a physical therapist can deal with this issue and help you find relief. Herniated discs occur when the outer layer of the disc tears. This allows the inner gel-like substance of the disc to leak out into the surrounding joint area. This can also cause the tissues to press on nearby structures, such as nerve roots and joint spaces.
If you’ve been experiencing back pain, there’s a chance it could be caused by a herniated disc.
According to SpineUniverse,
“Physical therapy often plays a major role in herniated disc recovery. Its methods not only offer immediate pain relief, but they also teach you how to condition your body to prevent further injury.
There are a variety of physiotherapy techniques. Passive treatments relax your body and include deep tissue massage, hot and cold therapy, electrical stimulation (eg, TENS), and hydrotherapy.”
Scientific evidence shows us that individualized physical therapy in addition to education and lifestyle advice is highly effective for reducing chronic back pain, including back pain caused by a herniated disc.
In fact, it’s considered best practice to seek conservative treatment options like physical therapy long before undergoing any surgical intervention. Because physical therapy is non-invasive, it doesn’t expose the patient to potential risks and adverse reactions of surgery, including opioid addiction, failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), and post-operative pain, bleeding, and infection.
If you believe you have a herniated disc, we encourage you to see a physical therapist. He or she can perform various tests and assess your history to make or confirm a diagnosis, so you’ll have a better understanding of what you’re dealing with.
Then, he or she can prescribe customized interventions to alleviate your symptoms, heal the injured disc, and perhaps most importantly prevent recurring problems! Expect services such as:
A herniated disc can happen to anyone, but you may be more at risk if you:
Not all herniated discs cause pain, and even if they do cause pain they won’t all present in the same way. But there are some common signs and symptoms we see among our patients who come to us with this type of spinal condition.
If you’re living with a herniated disc, or if you think you might be, don’t hesitate to contact a physical therapist. We’ll help you find the relief you’ve been looking for!